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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462112161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462112166
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Remember The Defiant Ones, the classic 1958 movie set in the South, about a pair of escaped prisoners (a bigot and a black man) who must find a way to cooperate if they intend to survive? Update the story to modern-day Michigan, make the two characters a river guide and an older man whom the guide has hated for years, replace the film’s commentary about racism with some Native American mythology, and you’ll wind up with this involving novel. Joe McCartney is coerced by his wife, a nurse, to take an ailing patient, Frank Talbot, up the Escanaba River, hoping that, even though Joe hates Frank for what Frank did to Joe’s father many years ago, Joe will be able to get rid of the rage he keeps buried deep within himself. Trapped on the river by a forest fire, Joe and Frank must work around their antipathies and find a way to survive. They are watched by two spirits, Pauguck (who guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife) and Raven (who blinds the dead souls before their journey). There’s no happy ending to the story—Frank and Joe are both in darker places by the end—but readers will find Gubbins’ story surprising and real. An elegantly written and compelling novel that effectively mixes multiple genres. --David Pitt

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Larsen on February 9, 2014
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John clearly knows the area as the detail is vivid. It is more than that. He really delves into the complexity of us all including the secrets we carry and the complexity of life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tpolen on September 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book isn't what I thought it would be from the description and I most likely wouldn't have read it if I picked it up in a bookstore. That being said, I enjoyed it.

The novel is partly action-driven, with a large portion character-driven and slow at times, but what you learn about the characters can be fascinating. The reader discovers along with the characters that they may not be what they always thought and by the end of the story, some have undergone tremendous growth - some not so much.

Changing narratives allowed different perspectives and aided in explanation of the "evil spirits" and the writing was so descriptive I could easily picture the intense action along the river. Not everything in this novel is black and white, leaving some things up to reader interpretation and I like a book that makes me think.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys outdoorsy man vs. man vs. nature action/adventure along with some introspective characters.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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By Teresa Frankovich on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I picked up Raven's Fire shortly after finishing this author's first novel, Profound River. Raven's Fire takes a very different turn from the first novel, as both a fast-paced adventure and love story. It also delivers a clear commentary on the inevitable struggle between those who wield wealth and power in our society and those who do not.

Gubbins' characters are finely crafted and his use of shifting narrative voices, enriches each. He is particularly adept at capturing a nuanced feminine voice in Carol, the vibrant heroine of this story.

I have already recommended this book to several friends who enjoy well-written stories with characters that 'sing.' I look forward to Mr. Gubbins' next offering.
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By Steve on November 13, 2013
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It is easy to read Ravens Fire as a well-crafted adventure story, written by someone who obviously knows the outdoors and fly fishing. It is equally easy to see it as a psychodrama,a battle between two strong men, written by someone who knows his own nature and thus knows what motivates others. But what struck me about the book, as much as anything ,was the tribute paid by John Gubbins to those who toil in the hard and loving, but often underrated work of caring for the elderly, the dying and the infirm. Clearly, Mr. Gubbins is familiar with the work done in home nursing and hospice. Maybe the real hero of the book is Carol,the wife of the man who is determined to save a bully who only wishes to die and, in so doing, inflict pain on others, as he had always done by leading a self absorbed life. In short he is the polar opposite of Carol.Having read author Gubbins' previous book, Profound River I would say he has once again shown his gift as a storyteller, and a man who knows a lot about living.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Blackburn on November 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Synopsis: From Netgalley:

A ghost story unlike one you've ever read! When a lethal 30-year-old secret tears apart Joe and Carol's marriage, Joe heads for his beloved woods to recuperate, only to discover that they're filled with evil spirits. Icy fingers will clasp your heart and not let go to the very end!

My rating: 2 Stars

My opinion: I felt that the premise of story better than actual story. The description of the book was a lot creepier than what was produced and promised. This was exacerbated by a number of scenes that came off more as "drama central" versus building tension. Another issue that I think added to my issues was that the story jumped around WAY too much from POV to periods of time.

Source: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Would I recommend? : I wouldn't, but this book might not have rocked my boat. It did have some higher ratings on Goodreads that looked authentic. I would not pay $8 for this kindle book.

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone
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